Kiva is "a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world." As a member of the Genealogists for Families team on Kiva, I'm proud to be able to help others improve their lives and their communities.
Kiva maintains a database of people from around the world who have dreams and goals, but lack the means to accomplish them. Kiva then makes it possible for you to help those people realize their goals.
Making loans through Kiva is super easy. Decide how much you're willing and able to loan (there's a $25 minimum), select a recipient from among the many worthy individuals and groups listed on Kiva, and confirm your willingness to contribute to their project.
Kiva is even making it easier to get started than ever! Right now, existing lenders can invite their friends to join and both will receive a $25 credit toward their first loan. So, if you accept my invitation to join Kiva, you and I will both be able to make loans of $25, without having to spend a penny. It's a great opportunity! Just follow this link to join and get $25 to make your first loan.